Paġlagivsi (Greetings), the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM), Regina SK Canada has both natural history collections and Cultural collections and features six key exhibits, those being the: CN T. rex gallery, Earth sciences gallery, First Nations gallery, Life sciences gallery, a traveling exhibits space and “Megamunch”, a half-sized robotic Tyrannosaurus rex. This museum being located in Canada does not exactly have non-profit status as defined in the US but it is a registered Charitable Business which seems to be the Canadian equivalent. The RSM is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that operates under an organization called The Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Donations for the museum are sent to the friends group and most of the public facing operations are run by individuals connected to the friends group. The ten person board are all listed on the friends group page, along with the current Annual Report and Financial Statements surprisingly.
The mission of the RSM is listed on the about tab of the website and is:
“Collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing knowledge with communities.
We may consider ourselves successful when all people are fully involved in this process of learning and understanding, and, therefore, are able to interpret the world around them and make informed and wise decisions regarding their cultures and resources”.
The vision statement is also listed as:
“A society wherein our natural and cultural heritage is understood and appreciated”.
There is also a Mandate on this page as well that states:
“The Royal Saskatchewan Museum furthers an understanding of Saskatchewan’s natural history and aboriginal cultures, past and present. It communicates that understanding through all available media, especially exhibits and publications, in a culturally and scientifically sensitive manner for the purposes of education and enjoyment. The Museum’s principal means of understanding and communicating is through acquisition, conservation and research of appropriate material evidence of human and natural history.
To further the understanding of Saskatchewan’s natural history and aboriginal cultures the Museumcollects, studies and preserves specimens, artifacts and information that illustrate and contribute to knowledge of Saskatchewan’s natural history and aboriginal cultures; interprets and communicates knowledge about Saskatchewan’s natural history and aboriginal cultures through exhibits, demonstrations, lectures, publications, films and special programs; and,actively supports other scientific, scholarly or amateur groups or individuals involved in the study of Saskatchewan’s natural history and aboriginal cultures”.
A policies page is available on their website and it covers three topics:
- Policy On Approval of Adjacent Events
- Gift Acceptance Policy and Procedures
- FRSM’S Statement of Fundraising Ethics
Another feature of their website that I was pleasantly surprised about was a privacy tab that provides information about the gathering (or not) of personal information by visiting the website. Contact information is provided on this page if one has issues with their privacy policies or if you wish to contact them outside of the internet.
In summary I was quite pleased by the amount of information and details provided on the website of the RSM, there is even some information about the museums commitment to sustainability and it states that:
“This part of our website is devoted to RSM research into the role that museums and heritage can play in sustainability education and community development”.
Which is just fantastic to see. I was also very happy to see the use of First Nations language on their First Nations gallery page, though it would be valuable for them to state who translated the welcome and/or from what culture/area comes from. I have not had the opportunity to visit this museum yet but it is now on the list. Quyana!
Q: Do you prefer short or long mission statements? Why is that your preference?